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19 Mar 2013

All-22: How Arrelious Benn Fits With the Eagles

Philly Magazine's Sheil Kapadia looks at Arrelious Benn's fit in the Chip Kelly offense. Seems like we could see a lot of screens in Mr. Benn's future.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 19 Mar 2013

3 comments, Last at 20 Mar 2013, 3:39pm by JasonF


by cisforcookie (not verified) :: Tue, 03/19/2013 - 11:52am

This article brings up an issue I've been curious about. We hear a lot about slot receivers and the advantages it brings if you line a receiver up off the line -- such as not facing a jam. Here, the first play shown features Benn lined up inside but on the line of scrimmage, with the outside receiver off the line. Could anyone more familiar with offensive strategy comment on this tactic as opposed to lining up an interior receiver off the line with the split end on the line?

by mjb :: Tue, 03/19/2013 - 8:31pm

Well I am not an offensive genius by any stretch of my imagination. But, essentially it is the same train of thought...line up your split end off the line to try to avoid getting jammed at the line. You usually see this with smaller/speedy WRs who have trouble fighting off jams at the line of scrimmage (see DeSean Jackson).

by JasonF (not verified) :: Wed, 03/20/2013 - 3:39pm

To expand on that thought, in addition to giving the outside flanker the ability to release without a press (versus Cover 2 Press, for example), it also impacts a team's ability to motion certain players across the formation. Also, a lot of teams who run WR screens (especially at the college and high school level) would like to have the blocking WR on the line, so they get to their assignment that much faster. Just a thought.